I’m a bit late this week but fear not we’ll be enjoying a new cocktail. I haven’t given much time to vodka on the blog thus far and that’s partly due to the fact that by itself it’s not particularly exciting. However, it still reigns as the most popular spirit sold today. So there must be something all those people see in it. I think one of the amazing uses for vodka is its ability to take on other flavors with ease. This week’s cocktail is a great example of that.
The Cosmopolitan utilizes citrus flavored vodka. This choice does two things, one it brings some great citrus flavors to the party which really add to the flavor complex of cocktail, and two the vodka thins the strong flavors of the other ingredients. This “thinning” allows the other flavors to come through without covering them by the spirit’s inherent flavor. I’ll be starting my exploration with Gary Regan’s recipe from the Joy of Mixology.
1 1/2 oz Citrus Vodka 1 oz Triple Sec 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1 - 2 dashes Cranberry Juice for Color Garnish with a Lime Wedge
1) Combine ingredients in a shaker 2) Add ice and shake until chilled 3) Strain in to a chilled cocktail glass